History’s Five most costly Paintings

Art enthusiasts all over the world can attest to the fact that if one painting is expressive and you can relate to it, then it is a great artwork. What more if it was made by someone famous, or if the circumstances that surround the painting are noteworthy?

There are art collectors who would go to a certain extent for them to get what they want, whatever the cost. And that is exactly how biddings are won, because of the price. Here is a list of the five most expensive paintings in history.

Let us start with the fifth placer: Le BAL Au Moulin De La Galette, Montmartre. This painting, which costs $78 million, was created by Pierre-August Renoir in 1876. This French painter was one of the first to employ the Impressionist style in his works.

Grabbing the fourth place is the work of Vincent Van Gogh, entitled Portrait of Dr. Gachet. This painting amounted to $82.5 million. This portrait has two versions; one is in Paris, France, and the other, currently unknown.

The third place goes to Dora Maar au Chat, a creation of Pablo Picasso. It was bought in 2006 with the price of $95.2 million. It is an intense depiction of Picasso’s lover, Dora Maar, who shared his passions and leanings.

The second most expensive painting in history is another one of Picasso’s work: Garçon à la Pipe. Picasso broke from his usual Cubist style in this painting. It was made in 1904, during the early part of the artist’s life. It was sold for $104.1 million in 2004.


The most expensive painting to date was sold at a whopping $135 million. The painting, entitled Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, was a creation of Gustav Klimt in 1907. It took the artist three long years to complete the work, which paid really well. The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is one of the artworks stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War.

The price of some of these paintings actually surprised the world of art, especially since they didn’t expect them to cost as much. But still, it is the collector himself who sets the value of painting with the intensity of their desire to get hold of it.

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